September 6, 2018
Any young professional knows it’s tricky navigating the transition from college and internships to a full-time career, just as any Boy Scout how difficult it is to start a fire after the rain. But in either case, if you tackle the challenge with the right mindset, team and tools, nothing is impossible.
In the years since achieving my Scout goals, the discipline and determination that became entrenched in my work ethic has helped me find my place in the working world. And while I’m in no rush to earn my wilderness survival merit badge again, I did pick up a few things along the way that have helped me find success as a young professional.
All Boy Scouts learn it on day one. And for me, it’s become more of a mindset than a motto. It’s taught me to think ahead and think outside the box. It’s not enough to be prepared for only the most likely scenario. I only had to get caught in the rain without a pair of dry socks once to learn that lesson.
This preparedness mindset has given me a leg up from the beginning. As is the case with most new grads, I was heading into interviews with little to no real-world experience. How would I stand out? I prepared for each interview like an exam, attempting to anticipate what questions may come my way. How could I leverage what experience I did have? Did I have a good answer when I’m inevitably asked to “describe a time I failed?”
It’s a process I continue each day here at Grisko. I never walk into a meeting or dial into a call without preparing my remarks and anticipating questions from our partners and clients. Or take on a new project without learning as much as possible about the client, their goals and the industry. Helping to develop comprehensive strategies and creative solutions with an acute sense of our clients’ best interests is imperative. The trust they place in our team is the cornerstone of our success.
Work for the Team
Nothing I accomplished throughout my time in the Scouts was done alone. Everything from pitching a tent to the months of planning and execution of my Eagle Scout project required the contribution of my fellow Scouts. There’s no shirking responsibilities in the hope someone else will pick up the slack. When we succeeded, we celebrated as a team. Failure, on the other hand, always felt more personal. No matter the outcome, I was determined to pull my own weight, ensuring I was an asset and not a hindrance.
Understanding the importance of my contribution to the success of any professional team positioned me as a reliable and trusted partner. Tackling new tasks with enthusiasm and unparalleled attention to detail, no matter how trivial it may have seemed at the time, has allowed me to take on new responsibilities and engage in thoughtful collaboration at a higher level.
Earning Your Place
In the Scouts, advancement isn’t given, it’s earned. It was an exercise in determination consistently pushing myself through the six ranks on the path to Eagle. It was at times challenging, time-consuming and tedious. Many times I caught myself wondering if it was worth the trouble.
It was, of course, worth it. And the same can be said about paying your dues as you climb the professional ladder. We all start at the bottom. The work is at times unglamorous, perhaps under-appreciated, but as I’ve stepped up to each new role, I’ve found myself in a position that excites and challenges me each day at Grisko.
Good things don’t come to those who wait. Good things come to those who show up and work harder than everyone else.
On My Honor
Here at Grisko, each day presents new opportunities to expand my professional capabilities and make myself more valuable to our team. While I’ve found myself spending more time at a desk, and less time in a tent, the values I learned through years in the Boy Scouts prepared me to accelerate my career and carve a meaningful place in the working world.
So in conclusion, anyone want to go camping this weekend? I’ve got stuff for s’mores.
September 6, 2018